Buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifts Lindenwood-Belleville to victory

News-DemocratJanuary 30, 2014 

The desperation play called "Drew" came through and helped the Lindenwood University-Belleville men's basketball team score the biggest win in the program's history by knocking off the NAIA's No. 1 team Thursday in Henderson, Tenn.

The Lynx (16--7) defeated the Freed-Hardeman Lions 78-77 on a 35-foot shot at the buzzer by junior Jacobby Anderson. The Lions fell to 17-1.

The winning play is named after Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew, LU-Belleville coach Scott Spinner said.

During the 1998 NCAA Tournament, Drew hit a 23-foot basket to help No.13-seeded Valparaiso upset No. 4 Mississippi in the first round and it forever became a highlight shot.

LU-Belleville ran its version of the play to perfection.

The Lions scored a basket to take a 77-75 lead with 2.9 seconds left. The Lynx then took their final timeout.

"I called for 'Drew,'" said Spinner, who started the men's program from scratch four years ago. "We drilled it over and over. We had practiced it for just this opportunity."

Spinner called junior Tyler Lundeen off the bench and put him back in the game. He had been sitting for the last 10 minutes of the game.

"Tyler is our guy who throws the ball in for this play," Spinner said. "He's got a quarterback's arm. He came in cold."

Lundeen hit Anderson perfectly with the inbounds pass.

"In the huddle, I told him he could take three dribbles before shooting," Spinner said. "He took just two dribbles and he got it off. He was about 35 feet out."

The ball hit the back of rim and dropped down.

"The whole team stormed the court," Spinner said. "I was just thinking I didn't want anyone to get hurt. We've got games left to play."

The victory ran LU-Belleville's winning streak to five games. The Lynx also are winners of their eight of their last nine games.

"This team is playing very well right now," Spinner said. "We know we can compete with the best. We knew they were the No. 1 team in the country but we knew we could play with them.

"The guys went out and did a good job of executing the game plan. We played tough defense and pushed the ball real hard. I'm real proud of them."

Craig Anderson led the way for LU-Belleville with 29 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Lawson Warren chipped in 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Jacobby Anderson finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Lynx forced 18 turnovers in the victory.

LU-Belleville is eligible for postseason play this year in the NAIA.

"This win is a big step for us," Spinner said. "We were 27-5 last year but this is our first year where we can play in the NAIA tournament. We scheduled tougher this year. The guys have risen to the challenge."

The Lynx return to action Feb. 6 with a road game at Indiana Northwest in Gary, Ind. Game time is 7 p.m.

LU-Belleville will host Freed-Hardeman in a second matchup on Feb. 11 with a 7 p.m. start.

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